Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written one of these.
Truth be told, it’s been a long time since I’ve done much dedicated writing at all. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had a dry spell in their writing. We live a life, and sometimes things come up while living that life that demand our time and attention.
Jobs or school, getting married or divorced, moving into a new home, or even just spending time on our other pursuits, these are all things that might take time from our writing.
So how do we cope with this? Sure, it’s easy to say I’m going to spend 15 minutes every day writing, but sometimes things are easier said than done. Sometimes the ideas aren’t forthcoming. Sometimes, it’s the desire to spend time actually writing when there’s other things we can do. I get it. I’ve been there myself.
Here’s the thing, though. If we’re going to be writers, we have to write. Yes, reading and researching are a part of that, but to be a writer one must practice their craft.
During my dry spell, even though I wasn’t actually writing much, I did a few other things. I had life experiences that I can now draw from for stories and poems. I spent time thinking about various things I’d seen and heard, and how parts of those things could be woven into stories. I spent time thinking about the stories I’ve started, or new ones I want to do. I also spent time not even thinking about writing. I think that was my greatest gift. I was able to walk away for a time. The benefit to that is when I came back to my writing desk, I could approach things from a fresh perspective. A new light was showing some interesting things I’d not thought of, and I’m anxious to look at closer. I’m ready to write again.
So, how about you? How do you cope with dry spells in your writing? Enquiring minds want to know.
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